How Fearsome Awakening Won the Internet

Fearsome Awakening
Fearsome Awakening adds yet another layer to the most dynamic Standard format of all time.

Dragon-themed decks continue to perform well in Standard… All different sorts of Dragon decks, from a resurgence in our Mono-Blue build to a brand new Fearsome Awakening reanimator that really has the gears turning.

First up!

Five-color Blue Dragons

Friend of the ‘cast Brendan Hurst (@hamiltonianurst) won a Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier with “exactly” the list we posted in “How to Win a PTQ with Dragonlord Dromoka”

Unlike most PPTQs there is tons of Twitch TV coverage of Brendan’s win.

Check out the full sequence of the coolest play possible with Five-color Blue Dragons here

But that’s not all!

Jeremy Sullivan represented Five-color Blue Dragons in Lutherville/Timonium, putting up a third place finish at a Star City Games Invitational Qualifier with an updated list with even more “Mono-Blue Devotion” sideboard transformative action.

Jeremy’s list:

Five-color Blue Dragons, by Jeremy Sullivan

3 Perilous Vault

3 Dig Through Time
1 Disdainful Stroke
4 Dissolve
4 Encase in Ice
3 Icefall Regent
2 Nullify
4 Silumgar’s Scorn

2 Dragonlord Atarka
3 Dragonlord Dromoka
2 Dragonlord Ojutai
1 Dragonlord Silumgar
1 Silumgar, the Drifting Death

4 Crucible of the Spirit Dragon
4 Haven of the Spirit Dragon
5 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Temple of Deceit
2 Temple of Enlightenment
4 Temple of Mystery

Sideboard
2 Disdainful Stroke
3 Thassa, God of the Sea
4 Omenspeaker
4 Master of Waves
2 Wall of Frost

Jeremy deliberately played Temple of Deceit over Temple of Enlightenment main deck to feign Esper; this made life harder on Dragonlord Dromoka, but Jeremy counterbalanced by cutting a Dragonlord Ojutai to make room for more Icefall Regents main deck.

“Nine times out of ten I wanted Icefall Regent more than Ojutai.”

Note the above deck is one card different from the version reported by Star City; Jeremy played only one Disdainful Stroke main deck, not two (putting his deck at 61 cards).

According to Mike, Christopher Smoot “won the Internet” this week.

4 Fearsome Awakening
2 Hero’s Downfall
2 Tasigur, the Golden Fang
1 Whip of Erebos

4 Dragonlord Atarka
3 Dragonlord Kolaghan
2 Kolaghan’s Command

2 Commune with the Gods
4 Courser of Kruphix
2 Deathmist Raptor
2 Den Protector
4 Satyr Wayfinder
4 Sylvan Caryatid

2 Bloodstained Mire
3 Forest
1 Haven of the Spirit Dragon
4 Llanowar Wastes
1 Mountain
2 Swamp
4 Temple of Abandon
4 Temple of Malady
3 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard
2 Foul-Tongue Invocation
1 Murderous Cut
1 Pharika’s Cure
3 Thoughtseize
2 Virulent Plague
1 Deathmist Raptor
2 Den Protector
1 Hornet Queen
2 Magma Spray

The highlight of this deck is of course Fearsome Awakening.

… You know, for when you need a fifth-turn 10/10 Dragonlord Atarka.

Dragonlord Atarka
(seventh-turn 8/8 Dragonlord Atarka is plenty good by the way)

There are plenty of cool things going on with Smoot’s deck, including Whip of Erebos, Hornet Queen, and nugging yourself with Kolaghan’s Command to set up Fearsome Awakening.

“When other people are playing Foul-Tongue Invocation, you want to be the guy with Hornet Queen.”

Fearsome Awakening may have won the Internet, but there are so many more cool Dragons decks in this podcast! G/R Devotion, Temur with Sarkhan Unbroken, and spitballing Elspeth, Sun’s Champion alongside Dragonlord Atarka in the same deck.

Finally, Chapin and Flores go over some of the listeners’ ideas for containing Deathmist Raptor and Den Protector card advantage in Standard.

This week’s challenge: Brew with Sarkhan Unbroken!

All this and more in “How Fearsome Awakening Won the Internet”

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